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A business attorney can be at your side through each step of opening and operating your business; however, whether or not you really need him or her there is up for debate. For example, you might be on a limited budget and would like to save your money for any important situations that mandate a business attorney, or on the other hand, you could fully believe that you can take care of the simpler tasks. Either way, it would be a smart choice to call a business attorney for a free consultation to verify your thoughts, questions, or concerns.
Business Matters That May Not Require a Business Attorney
Some important tasks that are part of running a business are relatively straightforward and not difficult to take care of as long as you are willing to put in the effort. Tasks like these generally don’t need to be overseen by a business attorney.
- Developing a business plan
- Deciding on a business name
- Purchasing a domain name
- Reserving social media handles
- Researching business structures
- Applying for a EIN and local business permits
- Hiring employees and/or independent contractors
The above tasks should provide you with some examples of what you can do on your own. It’s never a bad idea to get extra guidance from an attorney.
Business Matters That Will Likely Require a Business Attorney
At some point during the operation of your business, there will likely be a time that you need an attorney. This may be particularly true when issues that require attention to detail and legal knowledge arise. For instance, a business attorney could be invaluable when any of the following circumstances arise:
- You are being sued
- You are being investigated by a government organization
- You are trying to organize a contract
- You are selling your business
- Your are buying a business
- You want to file a patent
- You want to file a trademark or copyright
- You believe your IP has been infringed upon
- You would like to include your business in an estate plan
- You are changing the structure of the business
- You are branching out internationally
- You are involved in a dispute
In general, when you’re facing any of the above, you should have a business attorney on your side. In doing so, you may be able to safeguard your business, financial assets, future, and overall reputation.
Keeping a Business Attorney on Retainer
Regardless of how big or small your business is, it can beneficial to have a business attorney on retainer. This requires you to pay a small amount of money to the attorney on a regular basis (i.e. monthly). In return, the attorney provides business services as needed. Retainers can be most useful to business owners who cannot afford a full time attorney, or for people who have had their assets frozen during an investigation.
Talk with a Business Attorney Today
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Thank you to our friends and contributors at Arcadier, Biggie & Wood, PLLC for their insight into business law.